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STEM Synergy is a STEM-centric community of practice committed to fostering the delivery of data-informed services, including high-quality professional development, resources, and support for STEM-focused districts, programs, and organizations in an endeavor to produce a combined impact greater than the sum of separate STEM efforts.

STEM Synergy is a result of numerous partnerships over the years and is the latest iteration of the Indiana STEM Ecosystem. During 2020, legislature supported the newly-developed Indiana 6-year STEM Strategic Plan and through a new partnership with CIESC and Keep Indiana Learning STEM Synergy was born!

Professional Development Opportunities

Summer Conference Key Learning Strand

Register now for the 2022 #VirtuallyDifferent Summer Conference, featuring STEM Synergy key learning strand speaker, Sharita Ware, 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year! Individual Registration only $25!

Free Events & OnDemand Library

Visit the free Keep Indiana Learning Engagement Center for upcoming STEM Synergy virtual events and OnDemand videos from practitioners and educational thought leaders!

Home Grown Blog & Original Podcasts

Explore our Home Grown blog and original podcasts to experience the stories of educators, counselors, and leaders as they work to transform education.

Interested in Contributing to Keep Indiana Learning?

We are always looking for educational voices to share expertise, tips, and resources.

Engage with the STEM Synergy Network

The best way to stay up-to-date with the STEM Synergy Expert Network is through our Professional Learning events and through our monthly newsletter.

Meet Our STEM Synergy Tactic Team

STEM Synergy launched in the summer of 2021 with the mission of a serving K-12 teachers and leaders in all their STEM focused needs.

This team is focused on supporting STEM related efforts across the state by providing high quality and relevant professional learning opportunities and resources that allow all teachers to be prepared to re-envision their instruction through best practice STEM pedagogy, and all leaders to be supported in transforming their schools and districts in ways that will ensure all students have equitable access to high quality STEM learning opportunities.

  • Amanda McCammon, STEM Synergy Coordinator, Co-Chair
  • Jake Koressel, Assistant Director of STEM and Computer Science, Co-Chair
  • Mike Gorman, PBL, STEM & Blended Tech Coach, Co-Chair
  • Tracy Ballinger, Director of the Imagination Lab
  • Jeremy Eltz, Director of Rural Education, CELL, UIndy
  • Carolyn Hayes, HASTI Executive Director
  • Reginald McGregor, Global Defense Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Rolls-Royce Corp. & Lawrence Twp. School Board President
  • Jenny Hicks, Director of K-12 STEM Engagement, Purdue University
  • Keith Monfreda, Director of Professional Development & Engagement, Indiana AfterSchool Network
  • Nicole Simpson, K-8 STEM Coordinator, MSD of Warren Township
  • Karen Morris, AP-TIP IN Program Director, University of Notre Dame
  • Laura Smith, Region 8 ESC
  • Sara Hoover, STEM Teacher, City of Mishawaka Schools
  • Shelly Sparrow, STEM Teacher, City of Mishawaka Schools
  • Pat Jarboe, STEM Teacher & Robotics Coach, William Tell Elementary
  • Vera Vander Kooy, Executive Director , STEM Connection
  • Darlene Kennedy, Director of Technology Integration, NIESC
  • Ryan Steuer, Executive Director, Magnify Learning
  • Bill Walker, Assistant Director of Programs and Partnerships, CATALYST Purdue University
  • Georgia Watson, Science Teacher , Lawrence Central High School
  • Dr. Eimear Towler, Senior Research & Innovation Specialist, Indiana Department of Education
  • Dana Hartzell, IDOE STEM Specialist, Indiana Department of Education
  • Dr. Rachel Geesa, Professor, Educational Leadership, Ball State University
  • Dr. Krista Stith, Professor, Ball State University
  • Dr. Annette Rose, Associate Professor Educational Studies, Ball State University
  • Tatjana Byrd, Director of Youth Programming at Earth Charter Indiana
  • Sharita Ware, 2022 Teacher of the Year, STEM teacher and Robotics Coach, East Tipp Middle School

Are you interested in joining our tactic team to help plan and drive the work of STEM Synergy? Reach out to Amanda McCammon for more information!

Expert Network

STEM Synergy values the expertise and ongoing support from our STEM experts across the state! These experts consist of STEM conscious individuals and STEM focused organizations, community & business or industry partners, K-12 educators and post secondary institutions all working to collaborate, grow and support STEM initiatives across Indiana. Also known as the Indiana STEM Ecosystem membership, this robust group believes in the value of collective impact and importance in sharing resources, knowledge, and expertise in order to bring the best STEM experiences to Hoosier students! This STEM expert network is a valuable resource in connecting to potential partners, providers, supporters and other STEM focused Hoosiers all working toward the same goal of high quality STEM for all!

Indiana STEM Needs Assessment

Welcome to the short version of the comprehensive STEM needs assessment tool developed by the Indiana STEM Ecosystem with input from partners and practitioners in the field. This tool was created through a cross-walking and merging of vetted Indiana specific STEM tools and standards from the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network, which signify the standard of both formal and informal learning. This tool is intended to assist both novice and veteran local or regional STEM providers in identifying how their practices, offerings, and programs across formal and informal education settings align to the STEM expectations of the state of Indiana. This tool is beneficial for anyone offering or interested in offering high quality, equitable STEM programming to youth in Indiana. Additionally, this tool is recommended for use by schools considering applying for IDOE STEM School Certification as a first step in assessing gaps.

Network Resources

Our Expert Network has curated these resources to support STEM Professionals across the state. Check back often!